"...A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more."
Spirit of life and love, always with us, as close as our very breath –
What we know is that we are here, together. We know those of us who have small children will be holding them a little closer, a little longer, tonight. We know that all of this is easier to bear in community. And we pray...We pray for the children;
We pray for the children who lost classmates, friends, brothers and sisters;
We pray for the parents and grandparents who lost children, whose friends lost children;
We pray for the other teachers and staff at the school, who lost co-workers and students;
We pray for the first responders, the police and medical personnel, who work fiercely to save lives – and grieve when they cannot;
We pray for the town of Newtown, Connecticut, which must cope and grieve with the eyes of the world upon them;
We pray for the person who committed this heinous act, and for the family members he left behind who must be struggling to understand in their own shock and grief;
And in the silence, let us pray our own prayers...
Spirit of life and love,
Lift us up in our grief and confusion, help us find a ray of hope,
that we might find a way to honor the lives cut short.
Strengthen our families, that we might live and love without fear.
Hold us in your loving embrace, as we, like Rachel,
cry for the children who are no more.
Blessed Be, Shalom, and Amen.